Raimondo: Land Protection, Power Plant Can Coexist

Video and text by TIM FAULKNER/ecoRI News staff

PROVIDENCE — Gov. Gina Raimondo is sticking by her support of the vetting process for the proposed Burrillville power plant and gave her take on why open space is cleared for some of the state’s biggest developments, such as the Citizens Bank office park and the nearly 1,000-megawatt natural-gas power plant.

Raimondo made the remarks Sept. 22 at the kickoff for the open space and green economy bond referendum. Question 6 asks Rhode Island voters to approve $35 million for bike paths, brownfield cleanups and land protection.

Development of natural space, she said, is part of a balance between the economy and “quality of space.”

The fate of the $700 million fossil-fuel facility is in the hands of the state Energy Facility Siting Board, she said.

“If they find that it is unsafe or environmentally problematic then I expect that they won’t allow it and I’ll respect that decision,” Raimondo said.